Sarri’s Endless Maze
Maurizio Sarri’s first nine months at Juventus have been troubled to say the least, with high expectations weighing on the manager’s mind since his first day in Turin, and consistent delays that have broken up his working rhythm. Even so, his side is still in contention to win every competition. How has Sarri gone about his ways and where do the issues afflicting his side start?
Written by Kareem Bianchi.
At the time of Serie A’s suspension, Juventus sat first in Serie A, one point ahead of Lazio and nine of Inter, who did have a game in hand. In the Champions League, the Italian champions had lost their first round of sixteen leg against Olympique Lyonnais, and the Coppa Italia would have seen Juve face AC Milan at home after they were held to a 1-1 draw in Milan.
Although neither of the first leg results placed Juventus in winning positions - in a worrying trend of underperforming during knockout away matches - the ties were not decided either.
However, before all competitions were interrupted, Juventus had one last chance to shed an overview of their progress in a must-win match, for reasons that transcend the Derby d’Italia’s mere symbolic and historical weight. Scheduled straight after the Champions League loss, manager Maurizio Sarri was under heavy scrutiny as inconsistencies and unfulfilling football prayed on the manager’s mind.
The sense of incompleteness Juve showed in every other game . . .